A Spring Week on the Isle of Arran
Wed 4th May 2022
This meeting will run from Wednesday 4th of May 2022 for 7 nights on the Isle of Arran, centred round Lamlash and Brodick (they are only 3.5miles apart). Login to Contact the Organiser 'JohnH'
The Isle of Arran lies in the Firth of Clyde with the Ayrshire coast to the east and the Mull of Kintyre to the west. It is about 20 miles north/south and about 9 miles east/west. The coastal road and coastal path both go right round the island are about 60 miles in length.
Arran is cut in half by the Highland Boundary Fault, so the northern half is highland and the southern half is lowland and hence Arran is often referred to as Scotland in miniature.
Arran is a compact island, so for activities and accommodation we can really be anywhere on the island, Lochranza is the furthest from Brodick and that’s only 14 miles away.
The A841 is the coastal road which goes right round the island and the B880 cuts across the island from Brodick to Blackwaterfoot.
Arran is well served by 3 local bus routes and here I can be a wee bit smug since I have my Scottish Bus Pass 😀. The routes are:
322 The String, which cuts across the island from Brodick through Blackwaterfoot to Dougarie.
323 South Island Route, from Brodick through Kildonan to Blackwaterfoot.
324 North Island Route, from Brodick through Lochranza to Blackwaterfoot.
So, if you decide to leave your car on the mainland it is easy to get around.
Arran is well served with maps, Landranger 69 covers the whole island as does Explorer 361, however my personal preference is for the Harvey's Superwalker XT25 Arran.
I intend to use Middletons Camping at Lamlash, 01770 600251. At the moment they haven't started their bookings for next year, however if you say you are with the group led by John Harris, they will take your details and enter your booking into next years log when they start it, then you can check at the start of March that they have made your booking.
There is also camping at Kildonan in the south, Lochranza in the north and Blackwaterfoot in the west.
There are B&Bs and hotels throughout the island with plenty in Lamlash and Brodick.
There are also the usual AirBnBs, chalets and there’s a hostel in Brodick and Lochranza.
Therefore accommodation shouldn’t be a problem.
To access the island you get the CalMac ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick, the last time I priced it, for a return for two adults in a car it was £50. If you don’t want to take your car over there’s a reasonably priced car park at the ferry terminal.
If you have to come a long way and don’t want to drive you could fly to Glasgow, or better to Glasgow Prestwick which both have good train links to Ardrossan. There’s also the train or bus to Glasgow.
What to do.
There’s some great hillwalking with Goatfell at 874m being the highest point, it’s a good day’s walk from Brodick. More challenging are the Glen Sannox and Glen Rosa’s horseshoes.
There are much gentler walks in the south of the island and of course there’s the 60 mile coastal path.
The Cicerone guide “Walking on Arran” describes 44 walks of varying degrees of difficulty.
There are also many MTB trails and for the seafarers there’s plenty of beaches to launch kayaks or paddle boards.
As rightly pointed out by Walking On there's great road cycling too, Arran is a very popular venue for cycling clubs so the local traffic know how to respect cyclists.
There are also Neolithic tombs to explore.
So there’s plenty to do.
I feel very strongly that it will make a great venue for an OD meeting.
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